What Can I Expect Following the Hair Transplant Procedure?
You do not need to stay in hospital after the hair transplant procedure. You can return home or to your hotel after a few hours of rest at the hospital.
You will not feel pain after the procedure. The swelling that can be seen in the forehead, head and neck will subside within a few days. It is recommended that you rest by laying down, as much as possible in the 24-36 hours following the procedure. The reason for this is to prevent the swelling and anesthetic medication from moving towards your face, as caused by the pull of gravity. In this way, you can return to normal life without any of the side-effects of swelling that may affect your social life.
The team that performs the hair transplantation procedure will invite you for your first postoperative control visit and first hair wash 2 days following the procedure. If you live overseas it is possible to return to your home country after this visit.
In the first 3 months the transplanted hair may fall out. If it does, this is normal.New hair growth will occur within 3 months. 75% of the hair will have grown by the 6th month. At the end of the 1st year, hair will have completely grown. You need to be patient until the final result is achieved, as it will take time for your new hair growth the begin and grow to your desired length.
How Long Does the Hair Transplant Procedure Take?
The procedure is a long process. Depending on the procedure to be conducted, it is completed somewhere between 5 to 8 hours. After a few hours of rest following the procedure at the hospital, you can return home or to your hotel. The procedure does not require hospitalisation.
What Kind of Anesthesia is Used in the Hair Transplant Procedure?
Hair transplantation is time-consuming but does not require general anesthesia. In order for the patient not to experience any pain, a local anesthetic is applied to the skin. While the local anesthetic is being applied, the patient is given a sedative so that he will not feel any pain as the anesthetic injections are being applied. You will wake in 10-15 minutes, and the hair transplantation procedure will be comfortably completed after this.
What Should I be Aware of Before the Hair Transplant Procedure?
• Smoking is a risk factor for any surgical procedure. It is recommended that you do not smoke for a month before and after the procedure, especially because it can cause discomfort and additional complications in wound healing.
• It is recommended that you do not take aspirin or medications that contain aspirin 2 weeks prior to procedure.
• It is recommended you do not take alcohol the night before the procedure so that dehydration does not occur.
• You should not eat or drink anything 8 hours prior to the procedure.
• We recommend that you have comfortable clothing with you for your stay in the hospital (tracksuit, pijamas with buttons down the front etc).
Does Transplanted Hair Fall Out?
No. The hair follicles taken from the healthy area behind the head and back of the hair are already resistant to testosterone and never fall out. For this reason, once they are transplanted and begin to take nutrients from the body, they will remain healthy and you will not experience any hair loss for life.
What Happens if There is Not Enough Hair at the Back of My Head or Neck?
In these rare cases, hair follicles in other parts of the body can be removed via the FUE technique and added to the required area. However, it is difficult to obtain the natural results obtained as when using the hair follicles taken from back of the head and neck area. For this reason, the hair should be taken from the back of the head and neck, and from other parts of the body in a mixed manner.
What Can I Expect at my First Consultation?
At the first visit, the Plastic Surgery specialist will perform a thorough examination. Your doctor will examine the degree of hair loss and the condition and suitability of hair on the back of the head and neck to plan your hair transplant procedure. After the examination your doctor will inform you about the volume and suitability of the hair follicles you have that can be used in the procedure. If you have experienced intense hair loss, you can also get information about the whether or not you will need a second session.
How Does the Hair Transplantation Procedure Work?
There are two basic methods of hair transplantation; FUT and FUE.
FUT is an old method that has almost completely been abandoned in current day practices. This procedure involves a strip of hair being removed from the back of the neck or head that is 2 to 3 cm in width and 8 to 10 cm in length. The follicles are then individually removed from the strip and transplanted into areas that have experienced hair loss. The procedure takes place in the operating theatre. The area where the strip is removed is sutured. The first reason for the abandonment of the FUT method is the appearance and dissatisfaction caused by the size of the strip at the back of the head or neck. In addition, individually removing the follicles is a difficult and time consuming task, which reduces the possibility of success the longer the hair follicles spend outside of the body.
Currently, FUE is the preferred method in almost every country. There are different procedures developed based on this basic method. Unshielded FUE, Robotic Hair Planting, Micro FUE, Percutan FUE are some of these different applications.
The hair follicles in the FUE technique are removed individually using a tool called a micro punch from the firm area behind the neck and head. Since there is no incision like in the FUT technique, there is no scarring. The grafts obtained may have 1-2-3 or more hair tresses on them. The grafts collected by the FUE technique are first divided into groups of one, two, three or more in a sterile environment. The grafts are then transplanted into the balding area.
Ideally, an average of 3000-3500 hair grafts are transplanted in one session. Transplanting over this number will greatly reduce the success of procedure. Grafts may be single, double, triple or multiple. On average, 1 hair graft is calculated as 2 or 4 strands of hair. That means 3500 hair grafts, is approximately 8400 strands of hair. A single session may not be enough for patients who have experienced a lot of hair loss. In such cases, 2 sessions may be required.
What is the Hair Transplant Procedure?
Male hair loss is caused by the sensitivity of hair follicles to testosterone-derived male hormones. Happily, with male hair loss, regardless of; the age or the density and speed at which hair was lost, hair is not loss at the back of the head and neck. This is because the hair follicles in this region are not susceptible to testosterone. The good results obtained from hair transplantation are due to the use of this healthy hair behind the neck and head.
Hair transplantation is the transplantation of the hair behind the neck and head, which is not sensitive to testosterone, to the areas where loss is experienced. Hair transplantation can only be done through the use of a personÂs own hair. Someone elseÂs hair cannot be transplanted.